R 238
2018 -- S 2886
Enacted 05/15/2018

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Satchell, Lombardi, Felag, Archambault, and Coyne
Date Introduced: May 15, 2018

     WHEREAS, Americans are living longer, achieving more and taking on new roles after
decades of hard work to ensure opportunity for the generations that follow; and
     WHEREAS, Our grateful nation recognizes the contributions of seniors during the month
of May, which has been designated as Older Americans Month; and
     WHEREAS, Older Americans bring a lifetime of skills and experiences that can be
tapped to meet the many challenges facing our nation's communities; and
     WHEREAS, For more than five decades, the three Senior Corps programs – Foster
Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP – have proven to be a highly cost-effective way to
engage Americans age 55 and over in volunteer service that meets pressing community needs;
     WHEREAS, Senior Corps volunteers build a capacity of nonprofit, community, faith-
based and other organizations by serving at 25,000 locations across the country; and
     WHEREAS, Each year Senior Corps provides opportunities for 220,000 older Americans
to serve their communities across the nation, including approximately 2,700 in Rhode Island; and
     WHEREAS, Nationally, Senior Corps volunteers last year provided more than 54 million
hours of service, improving the lives of our most vulnerable citizens, strengthening our education
system, helping seniors live independently in their homes, protecting our environment,
combatting the opioid epidemic, and preventing elder abuse; and
     WHEREAS, At a time of mounting social needs and growing interest in service by older
Americans, our nation has an unprecedented opportunity to harness the talents of 55-plus aged
volunteers to address additional community challenges; and
     WHEREAS, Service by older Americans keeps them active, healthy, and engaged. It
helps our communities by solving local problems; and helps our nation by saving taxpayer
dollars, reducing health care costs, and strengthening our democracy; and
     WHEREAS, Senior Corps volunteers demonstrate commitment, dedication, and
patriotism by making an intensive commitment to service, a commitment that makes a lasting
impact on the individuals and communities they serve; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby proclaims the week of April 29 through May 5, 2018, to be "Senior Corps Week" in the
State of Rhode Island; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby urges other officials, organizations, and citizens to
recognize Senior Corps volunteers and programs for their commitment to our communities; and
be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Ms. Barbara Stewart, Chief Executive Officer
for National and Community Service.